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Calif. Wildfires Battle Rages On with Some Unlikely Help

Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye, of KCET-TV Los Angeles, reports on the continuing efforts in Santa Barbara to bring a recent spate of wildfires under control and the lesser-known people who are helping fight that battle.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And finally tonight, a report from Santa Barbara, Calif., on fighting the wildfires, and some of the lesser-known people involved in that. Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye has the story.

  • JEFFREY KAYE:

    The fire-ravaged seaside community of Santa Barbara has returned to a semblance of normalcy. Even so, firefighters remained on alert today and over the weekend, concerned that hot, dry winds that pushed the blaze last week could return.

    The fires destroyed or damaged about 100 homes and forced the evacuation of about 30,000 people. But over the weekend, calm winds and cool temperatures allowed firefighters to get the upper hand and most residents to return home.

    In the Mission Canyon area, one of the worst-hit neighborhoods, residents whose homes had survived the inferno held reunions. Cherilyn Milton vacuumed up ashes, grateful that her home remained intact, unlike many of her neighbors' houses.

  • CHERILYN MILTON:

    There's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and there was a big house up there, and then just on the other side of the ridge is Holly Road, and there were a lot of homes that were lost up there.

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